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Saturday, July 02, 2011

So my vacation to New Orleans was nice... I went with my mom for a long weekend. While I had fun, I also came to the conclusion that NO isn't really a "mom and me" kind of vacation place. We had a good time, but it's hard to enjoy Bourbon Street with your mom.

I came home from NO and found out that someone was in our house AGAIN. It kind of negated any kind of excitement I had about going away. I was so sad and depressed over it... I felt so stupid that I left the door unlocked, and I hate feeling like a sucker. Ugh.

A little bit ago, two guys from the neighborhood came over to talk about some stuff, and I am glad they did. I felt a little better knowing that someone else was looking out for us.

But ever since our house got broken into the *first* time, I haven't really felt like myself. I didn't want to go to the gym, I didn't care that I wasn't eating any fresh fruit or veggies, and I just didn't feel like doing anything. I felt unsafe in my own home. And on some level, I still feel unsafe in my home. I keep expecting to see someone looking in our back window or coming down to the front door. It's a really crappy feeling.

So yesterday I was a total lump, but today was a big step for me. I cleaned up the downstairs, threw some stuff away and organized like crazy, and I made it to the gym first thing in the morning. I can't remember the last time I felt like being productive.

And there is more good news! My honey, Brad, got a new job! He is the executive chef at a new restaurant that is opening in the middle of July. It's super exciting because he was hired as the head chef. Which is a big deal! Not just becoming the head chef, but getting hired as the head chef. I am SOOOO excited for him. He's been coming home happy, and since they are still the in the pre-opening stages, he isn't cooking all night. We have been getting to spend lots of time together - we even got to go out to eat earlier this week! It's been SO long since we've had so much time together. I am very happy about this.

We even get to go to his cousin's 4th of July picnic! The cousin with the great house and the beautiful pool. I guess if I knew we were going earlier, I would have been a little more careful about what I ate. But I didn't know, so oh well. I am just glad to be getting time with Brad.

So tonight we are grilling and drinking mojitos. Brad is out taking a walk, but when he comes back we will start the grill and have some steak.

My next mojito will have a little more sugar in it... off to work on that!

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MIAMIA7 7/7/2011 8:46PM

    Carrie-first..Yay and Congrats on getting married! Second-Boo on the second break in. I think it is perfectly normal to feel so out of sorts after being a victim of a crime...especially two crimes. I am glad you are feeling better and great news on the new job for Brad! (Does this mean you are putting the move on hold?). I do think a dog might be a good idea (saw someone suggested that). I really think they deter criminals. Hang in there!

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    OMG! another breakin-how stinky! But YAY and super congratulations on being "Mrs. Brad"!!!!! I'm thrilled for you...and those steaks and mojitos sound delicious-I hope you enjoyed the heck outta them:)

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 7/6/2011 12:34PM

    Hey Chickie!

Ahhgg! That sucks about the second break-in. We leave our doors unlocked all the time, but then, we live in a sleepy little town...I don't know what I'd do if I had to be careful all the time.

Awesome about Brad's new job, though! That is so cool!

I went to my cousin's 4th of July/birthday party - my dad brought a potato cannon. Wha?!! Why does my dad own a potato cannon? We shot about 15 pounds of potatoes onto the roof of my cousin's house.

My life will be going through some HUGE changes here in a month or so - some good, some not-so-good...but I'll keep you posted. Right now I'm too crazy-busy to be on SP much.

Thanks for the spark-goodie! I hope your summer improves!

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GROOVYCHICK9 7/3/2011 4:30PM

    Sorry about the break ins. It is hard to feel safe. I too second or third the alarm either the doggie kind or one that you can set when you are on vacation. Congrats on Brad's new job!!!! How exciting for the both of you.

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CAMROLA 7/3/2011 10:42AM

    Carrie, so sorry about the additional break-in, and I'm still so impressed how you're maintaining perspective. I second that emotion on the alarm, if only for your peace of mind.

I'm thrilled for Brad's promo--great news, and a positive development you're embracing. So happy for you!

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    I am afraid to say this - but you might not have left the door unlocked - it might have been left unlocked after the break-in.

You might want to consider a 4-legged alarm. When I lived alone, my dog was the best protection money could buy. The builder cut a wire and unlocked my door to come in and turn off the circuits so he could fix the wires outside - and my dog closed the door on him. He was so rattled that he didn't even reach inside to re-lock the door. Until he told my mom (her house) I mistakenly thought I must have left the door unlocked! I only learned of it when I called my mother to apologize for leaving the house without locking the door.

On another note, I can totally relate to not enjoying Bourbon Street with your mom, lol. Mothers are for shopping!

Enjoy Mom for as long as you are blessed to have her.

WTG on your DH's new position! What kind of cooking? Just being nosy!

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EATNBOOGERS 7/3/2011 12:59AM

    I agree with the sentiment of the others... and yes, maybe an alarm? Go Brad! woo hoo!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/2/2011 9:52PM

    Congratulations to Brad - that's awesome!

Perhaps it would be a good time to look into an alarm system. Some of them around here are about the same price per month as having the Internet hooked up. Likely would be a good investment in your piece of mind.

Great job on turning things around, organizing, cleaning, and hitting the gym. What a great way to use up that negative energy.

Glad you're back!

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COOPSM 7/2/2011 9:33PM

    Carrie---sorry to read of that break in....congrats to Brad!!!! WOOHOO!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/2/2011 7:34PM

    Sorry about the 2nd break-in...awful...but so glad about your man's new position!

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SOOOOOO excited.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I love going to Manhattan. It's one of my very favorite places to be. Doesn't matter what part of the city, I just love it.

Today I'm staying in mid-town to do some shopping. My best friend needs a dress for a wedding (not a wedding dress) so I suggested we take the bus into New York and look for a dress there! So while she looks for a dress, I am keeping my eyes peeled for some new jeans, a summer purse, some red canvas TOMS, and a summer dress.

We'll spend a little time in Central Park - the weather is looking to be beautiful today!

I love to shop, I really do. And I know enough about myself that I know whatever I buy will be something I will use a lot.

And I'm leaving on Thursday for New Orleans - I can't wait. I just got an e-mail from my mom that we have reservations at Emeril's restaurant for Sunday night. I LOVE me some Cajun and Creole cooking. But I think I'll do my best to stick with the crawfish and stay away from the etouffee (sp?).

There is a dove walking around our porch. I almost shooed it away, but I think I'll leave it there. Better than a woodpecker destroying our house.

Have a super day!

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EATNBOOGERS 7/1/2011 12:16PM

    Hey, I just got back from NYC. My first time. I think I don't like it as much as you. ;-)

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/29/2011 1:14PM

    I hope you had a great trip! I'm finding it hard to be on SP much, but I wanted to stop by and say hi! Did you buy anything cool in NY?

I hope you've had a great June!

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COOPSM 6/22/2011 8:52PM

    Carrie--I am sure you enjoyed the City....have a great time in NOLA!!! Safe travels!!!

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ROOT4HOME 6/20/2011 12:09PM

    What a fun trip!! NY & awesome!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/20/2011 9:40AM

    Have fun today (although it already sounds like you have that part covered).

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CHELLES_BELLS 6/20/2011 9:30AM

    How fun! Sounds like a perfect day!

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MUFFIY831 6/20/2011 8:28AM

    Your summer's off to an awesome start! Have fun in NYC and NO!! :)

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today was a busy day! I:

- baked a loaf of lentil-curry bread
- changed a lock
- used the caulking gun to fix some floor runners in the kitchen and bathroom
- hung up some stuff in the basement stairway
- did some laundry
- went for a two mile walk with honey
- wrapped a baby shower present
- cleaned out two closets
- organized videos and DVDs
- cleaned out a box in the basement and threw some stuff away

Phew! I am tired.

Tomorrow I am going to NYC with my bestie - going to do some shopping and walking. It looks like it's going to be a nice day! I LOVE the city!!!

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GOEGIRL 6/19/2011 11:34PM

    You know you don't have to get your ENTIRE to do list done on the first weekend of vacation! lol - good for you!!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/19/2011 11:31PM

    Have fun tomorrow! Sounds like you had quite a productive day.

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ETTEZEUS 6/19/2011 9:54PM

    Have a great time in the city!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

What a wonderful way to start my summer vacation!

Lots of quality time with honey, a healthy lunch, a mid-morning swim, some on-line shopping, a good (cheap!) bottle of wine...


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SEPPIESUSAN 6/19/2011 8:24AM

    My last day of school is Thursday...I cannot wait to be writing a blog like this soon!!!

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NICOFTHYME 6/18/2011 8:02AM

    Sounds delightful...ENJOY! emoticon

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    Sounds perfect...and cheap wine tastes better in my opinion.

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CASSIOEPIA 6/17/2011 9:06PM

    emoticon Enjoy!

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Hooray hooray!!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's the last day of school!!!! Tomorrow is a teacher work day, but today is our last day with the kids!

Last night I hardly got any sleep. I was really upset about Friday's break-in, and I kept thinking about people coming into our house. Brad is being really good about it - he is really supportive and understanding, and he is not taking any of my feelings lightly. I truly have a wonderful partner.

And as I was laying in bed, not able to sleep, I thought about how truly lucky we were that neither of us were home, and that nothing really important to us got stolen. For a long while I was truly thankful that Brad and I don't buy a lot of stuff.

Not that I don't *like* stuff, but I really looked around to see what was important to me. I realized that none of the important stuff was the latest gadget (well okay, my phone and my computer are pretty darn important), but my linens that my grandmother sewed, the oil pourer from Italy and the chopsticks from China...

So along with my summer goals of adding more cardio and eating mostly plants, I am going to take more time to appreciate what I have. Clean out things that I don't love and/or use, and spend some time on Freecycle.

water water water!
sushi for lunch! - we are getting take-out to celebrate the last day
ONE ice cream today. I have been going ice cream crazy.
do some form of cardio
post SOMETHING on Freecycle - get the ball rolling

Good thing!
I put on a skirt that was getting a little tight (eep!) and today it was not tight. Hooray! Hooray for water and fruits and veggies!

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ETTEZEUS 6/15/2011 11:56PM

    I've been purging stuff too! It feels good to *downsize*.
I LOVE Sushi!

Have a great day!

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CAMROLA 6/15/2011 10:55PM

    Sounds like you're processing as you should--not an easy thing to shake--but I love that you're gaining perspective and making it a tool for positive change. That's the best way to get past it! Sending positive thoughts... and yay for school almost over. Enjoy that!

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KALIGIRL 6/15/2011 1:13PM

    Sorry about the break-in, but glad you're turning it into an opportunity to appreciate what you have.
emoticon goals!

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NCREMEENS 6/15/2011 9:44AM

    Sorry to hear about your break-in. That is awful! Yay for your last day of school! I'm on my 3rd week off and MAN is it ever wonderful! I'm jealous - I LOVE sushi...

Congrats on your skirt not being tight anymore!

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MARLIMOO 6/15/2011 8:15AM

    I am sorry about the break in. AWFUL. Glad you guys are safe. Ice cream- why do I love thee? I held off last night. Not sure how - opted for popcorn mixed with choc chips- just a few, and some granola. My own chex mix. Be good!

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    YAY!!! kindergartener's last day and tomorrow the rest of the boys wrap up this school year.

I'm so happy that your skirt was not tight anymore-my scale showed me 143.8 this morning. UGH! NOT official weigh in day but it's not good either. I felt like I did better yesterday but then one day isn't going to melt away the pounds....feel like I"m spiraling downwards~
Brad sounds like a fabulous man to support you while you heal from the breakin...
Have a fabulous day, Carrie!!! You deserve it!

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